StandardAero Business Aviation has been certified as an authorized testing facility for the Honeywell TFE731-50 and is offering the service at its Houston facility. StandardAero conducted its first TFE731-50 test in April.
“The TFE731-50 fleet is coming up on its first scheduled, major periodic inspections [MPIs]; although the manufacturer does not require a test cell run after performing an MPI, it has been StandardAero’s policy to run our MPIs through our test cells,” said Scott Taylor, senior vice president for business aviation.“This capability and extra test effort provides our customers with the highest level of confidence that the flight department will make their schedule with their compressed time and utilization demands.”The procedure takes five to seven days, Eric Thompson, StandardAero’s product director for engines, business aviation, told AIN.
The engine requires a major periodic inspection at 3,000 hours, then a core-zone inspection at 6,000 hours. “Preparation for the new designation required a significant capital investment in test-cell equipment,” Thompson said. “We have a long-standing relationship with Hawker and servicing the TFE731; this is a natural extension of our service to Hawker customers.”
The TFE731-50 powers the Hawker 900XP and there are more than 350 engines in service.